Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's operas comprise 22 musical dramas in a variety of genres. They range from the small-scale, derivative works of his youth to the full-fledged operas of his maturity. Three of the works were abandoned before completion and were not performed until many years after the composer's death. His mature works are all considered classics and have never been out of the repertory of the world's opera houses.
From a very young age Mozart had, according to opera analyst David Cairns, "an extraordinary capacity [...] for seizing on and assimilating whatever in a newly encountered style (was) most useful to him". In a letter to his father, dated 7 February 1778, Mozart wrote, "As you know, I can more or less adopt or imitate any kind and style of composition". He used this gift to break new ground, becoming simultaneously "assimilator, perfector and innovator". Thus, his early works follow the traditional forms of the Italian opera seria and opera buffa as well as the German Singspiel. In his maturity, according to music writer Nicholas Kenyon, he "enhanced all of these forms with the richness of his innovation", and, in Don Giovanni, he achieved a synthesis of the two Italian styles, including a seria character in Donna Anna, buffa characters in Leporello and Zerlina, and a mixed seria-buffa character in Donna Elvira.
And presenting anyone who in the vicinity of Old Main a free gift of a beautiful performance of opera ...The University of South DakotaOpera found its way around COVID-19 by presenting “Opera Pop-Ups,” a new series of live, outdoor concerts ... Vocal direction was led by Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A., professor of voice/opera and the Walter A.
The contrary bugs follow him up the beanstalk and hilarity ensues.5 What's Opera Doc? (1957) ...It's even funny if you don't know anything about opera, but those viewers that are familiar with the work of Mozart will understand more of the jokes. An opera about a barber, really? What could you possibly sing about? Well, Bugs Bunny has the answer.
May 2, 2021 marked the birth centenary of Satyajit Ray. Mostly known for his highly acclaimed films, Ray was a remarkable polymath whose contribution is not restricted to just filmmaking. Ray the Writer... Ray has also written a few weighty books on films ... Which music would he carry to a remote island? Ray had quipped, Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute.
Palm BeachOpera. The opera troupe, which announced its 60th anniversary season last month, was one of the only opera companies in the country to return to live performance when it staged an outdoor festival in February at the South FloridaFairgrounds... his slate of three operas.
Her death was announced Sunday by the ViennaStateOpera, which said she died Saturday. A mezzo-soprano who also succeeded in soprano roles, Ludwig made her Vienna State Opera debut as Cherubino in Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" on April 14, 1955, when the company was temporarily in the Redoutensaele.
Another institution getting into gear for resurrection is the RoyalOperaHouse which, in May, will have a mainstage production of Mozart’s Clemenza di Tito WITH AUDIENCE! (details to follow), as well as an immersive “hyper-reality opera” that involves wearing a virtual-reality ...